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Old 06-16-2009, 02:30 PM
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About the Two Sicilian Kings:
Ferdinando I: Re Nasone, due to his nose, as Jonnydep1 as written, but also Re Lazzarone, due to his closeness to napoletan lower classes, also called Lazzaroni
Ferdinando II: Re Bomba (King Bomb), because in 1848 he sent a naval flotilla to shell the sicilian city of Messina
Francesco II: Re Lasagna or Lasa due to his love for this dish, but also he is well known as Franceschiello
mafan you are correct, king ferdinando / ferdinand I was also known as re lazzarone. this was due to the fact of his father becoming the king of spain, he renounced the throne of naples in his favor (aged only eight) and left him behind in naples under the regency of one mr b. tanucci. well the regent neglected the young kings education and instead of studying the king was left in the company of the palace servants etc, so that he grew up to speak with the dialect of the lazzaroni.............
you are also correct concerning his namesake, he was nicknamed " king bomba" and his son was also nicknamed "bombino" ( a pun of bamdino meaning son of king bomba, i think) as well as franceschiello......whatever that means ?
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Old 06-16-2009, 03:51 PM
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It was not a fault of the poor Mr Tanucci, but of the Prince of San Nicandro, the man who was responsable for the (failed) education of Ferdinando.
Tanucci was a good minister, but too much faithful to his ex King (read: too faithful to the Spanish), so after 1775 Queen Maria Carolina, the daughter of Archduchess Maria Teresa of Austria, worked to dismiss him...
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Old 06-16-2009, 05:48 PM
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I read [In the book about Queen Paola I think] that Prince Phillip of Belgium, when he was a little boy, could not pronounce the name of his sister Astrid.
So he called her Titi. And according the book it in the family it stayed Titi.
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I read [In the book about Queen Paola I think] that Prince Phillip of Belgium, when he was a little boy, could not pronounce the name of his sister Astrid.
So he called her Titi. And according the book it in the family it stayed Titi.
well that reminds me of princess margaret, who likewise, could not prenounce her sister's elizabeth's name (queen elizabeth II of the uk) as a child........Lilibet, and that stuck too !!!!
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Old 06-16-2009, 06:40 PM
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Maybe the fact that Princess Margriet of the Netherlands is called Pietie by her family has a similar origin.
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Old 06-16-2009, 07:11 PM
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Maybe the fact that Princess Margriet of the Netherlands is called Pietie by her family has a similar origin.
oh i do not know about that, have not heared that one before now !!!

well one learns something new each day......
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Old 06-16-2009, 07:38 PM
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That Princess Margriet is called Pietie by her family is mentioned in a.o. post 18 of this Thread.
It was mentioned too in programs on the Dutch TV when Professor Mr Pieter and Princess Margriet where married 40 years.
The possible origin is just my guess
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I read [In the book about Queen Paola I think] that Prince Phillip of Belgium, when he was a little boy, could not pronounce the name of his sister Astrid.
So he called her Titi. And according the book it in the family it stayed Titi.
Yes, Titi sounds very sweet If I remember it correctly, King Albert II's and Queen Paola's nicknames were mentioned in the same book: "Tino" and "Lina" -as derived from the Italian affectionate forms "Albertino" and "Paolina". Quite a nice idea i.m.o, because these nicknames are not as predictable as most of the other ones.
Does anybody know the nicknames of Mathilde, Philippe, Claire or Laurent?
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Does anyone know if Queen Margrethe's sister Benedikte has a nickname? Her full name just seems so long to me.
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Prince Carl Philip's friends call him Lippy.
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Princess Isabella of Denmark is nicknamed "Bella" (:
& isn't Eugenie of York nicknamed "Eugie"?
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I think they call Charlotte of Monaco 'Char', which sounds awful IMO. Can anyone confirm this?
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Alice of Great Britain (QV's daughter) - Fatima (no idea where that came from!)
King Leopold III of Belgium - Popol (by his mother, Queen Elisabeth)
Queen Elisabeth of Belgium - Lisa
Marie José of Belgium - La Petite
Queen Maud of Norway - Harry, Maudie
Prince Albert of Schleswig-Holstein (Helena's son) - Abby
Prince Christian of Schleswig-Holstein (Abby's brother) - Christelle
Princess Helena-Victoria of Schleswig-Holstein - Thora, Snipe
Grand Duke Michael Mikhailovich of Russia - Miche-Miche
Grand Duke Nicholas Mikhailovich of Russia - Bimbo
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Frederick (Friedrich) III, German Emperor and King of Prussia was called Fritz.
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Last year when the Dowager Duchess of Devonshire died, some posters, on various forums, referred to her as Debo, as if they knew her personally. It's not uncommon, in other posts, to see people talking about Fluffy, PooPoo, LaLa etc. Is it out of affection for a favourite historical character, or is it a sort of intellectual showing off? "Oh yes, I know all about darling Fifi, she's one of my favourite princesses, I just loved that time, in 1876, when she told that wicked old Kennylicious to....." What do you think?
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